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Not the A to Z Blog

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If you followed my avatar here looking for my April A to Z Challenge, then I have led you astray. This year, I’m featuring my mother’s memory blog for the challenge. You can see that at Discovering My Mom: Gail Martin, Gone But Not Forgotten.

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The blog that you’ve landed on here is my general purpose blog where I write about my writing, my photography, my politics and whatever else comes to mind. You are welcome to explore here, but don’t forget to go onward to see the A to Z blog posts about my mother.

a to z challenge

A is for Vintage AUTOS

B is for Brown Sugar Syrup

C is for Cedar Chests

D is for Dandelion Wine

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay

E is for Eastern Phoebe

F is for Favorite Foods of the 1950s

G is for Gail’s Bookshelf – Slacks and Calluses

H is for Hamilton (where Mom went to high school)

I Remember Our 1940s Homes

J is for Journaling

K is for Keeping an Old Car Running (Gail’s advice)

L is for Liking the Book

M is for Memories of the Flood of 1951

N is for No-Bake Cookies (a family favorite)

O is for Obituary (my mother’s)

P is for Pancakes Made from Scratch

Q is for Quilts in the Family

R is for Ruth’s Sympathy Cards

S is for Someone Has to be the Family Historian

T is for Tornado Memories

U is for Undaunted by the Microphone (Gail’s speaking engagements)

V is for Vases from Old Bottles

W is for Washday Blues

X is for eXplorer

Y is for Yarn and Rags Crafts

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Writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge

Writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge
  • Last year was quite productive, so I signed up again for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Over 1500 bloggers participate in this challenge to write a new post daily following the alphabet. If you’re a blogger and haven’t tried a challenge, it’s a marvelous way to build a habit of writing.

It started April 1st, so my first effort was A Is for Aviatrix. It’s posted on my Discovering Mom blog where I write about my mother. I started that blog after her death as a tribute to her and to store my memories

On the 2nd day, I wrote B Is for Big Rocks. The blog gives me a place to share photos from the family album so my sisters and cousins can add them to their albums.

Day 3, the post was C Is for Company’s Coming. It’s an essay that Mom wrote that hadn’t been published before.

D is for Depression Era Cooking features another of Mom’s essays that I tracked down on the Wayback Machine. I’ve had fairly good success finding some of her articles previously published on eHow. Hopefully it finds a safe place online with the blog.

For Easter Sunday, I pulled out some of my 1950s memories and some of Mom’s 1930s stories to share in E is for Easter Memories.

A concern of mine matched up with an old article of Mom’s in F is for Fear of Falling. You don’t have to be old, as any age can benefit from her recommendations.

Did you know that there is such a thing as a ghost cat? Read about the one that lived with my parents in G Is for Ghost Cat – Little Cat and TC.

I worried about keeping up with the daily posts. My sister came to the rescue with this recipe and memory H is for Hash and Other Economies.

Here’s the 9th post for the challenge, I is for In-the-News. Check it out to see what Mom did that was newsworthy.

There’s more to come, so if you’d like to follow along, you can subscribe to the blog, Discovering Mom, or join her Facebook Fan Club where links are posted.

Here’s the rest of the alphabet:

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in gail lee martin, Writing

 

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My Blogs

I probably diversify too much and end up not giving any of my blogs proper attention. The one you’re viewing now is my catch-all. I might promote one of my niche topics from Hubpages or write about a trip I took.

Here are my other blogs:

Discovering Mom is my blog about facets of my mother’s life. She died in 2013 and I’m working my way through the loss.

Discovering Mom Gail Lee Martin… gone but not forgotten

Finding My Civil War Ancestor follows the searching I’m doing on my great-great grandfather’s life. Hopefully, my search methods will help others in their family history project.

Summer in New Hampshire extolls the joys of summer at the lake and in the woods in that beautiful state.

Then and Now shares the family history of the Martin, Joy, Vining, McGhee family lines. My distant cousin and my sister are helping me with it.

I’ve recently started a photo blog on Tumblr called My Solivita. It gives me a place to share my Florida photos and to tell about the lovely retirement community we live in.

In December 2014, I created my first stand-alone website. The topic is Florida Decorating Ideas. I hope you’ll check it out too.

Another site where I journal is called Niume. It gets all the bits and pieces that are too short, too personal or somehow don’t fit elsewhere.

 

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Make a Book for Your Mom for Mother’s Day

A few years ago, I got inspired to put my Mom’s writing into a book for her. I used the print-on-demand site Blurb for this.

It turned out great and she loved having a book with her name on the cover. Actually “loved it” is rather tame. She was ecstatic.

If you want to make your mom really really happy, start today putting together a book for her. It can be photos from her childhood, a collection of family memories, or so many other topics. It may not be done by Mother’s Day, but start it and see what you can accomplish.

The BookSmart software that you download for free from Blurb is really great to use. Here’s my page telling how to self-publish a book using Blurb.

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Gail Lee Martin shows off the books with family memories.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Books, gail lee martin, Writing

 

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Making a Photo Book

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, why not create a Blurb photo book filled with your favorite moments for that special someone. Instagram books and Facebook books are quick and easy to create and make the perfect little gift for the one you love. For more ideas and inspiration go to Blurb.com. And remember that from now through 2/14 you can save 20% on your entire book order with code MYBOOKLOVE.

What I’d like to create is a photo book of my mother. She passed away last week at age 88. Family members are sending me photos from different times in her life to use in a slide show for her Celebration of Life.

Since the photos will all be digitized, it’s a perfect time to then put them into book form. In the past, I’ve used Blurb’s software to create some family memory books and to make a wedding photo book. I like the variety of page layouts provided and how you can customize them.

 
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I’ve always liked this photo from the early years.

 

You can make a photo book to surprise your sweetie. Start now!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Books, gail lee martin

 

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How Many Octogenarian Lensmasters Are There on Squidoo?

My mom, Gail Lee Martin, has been a writer all her life. It wasn’t until her 60s and 70s that she really hit her stride; teaching classes in writing family memories for the Shepherd Center in Wichita and posting her essays on the Our Echo website. She wrote over 100 articles for the eHow website too.

At 85, her first book was published, a joint effort with me as the editor and page layout person. It was her memories from childhood, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. The next year, we collaborated on a book about her husband’s life, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times.

In the meantime, the eHow web site changed its policies so they no longer paid residuals. Mom removed all her articles from the site. Slowly, I’ve been converting them into lenses for her. Her lensmaster’s name is Gail-Lee-Martin on Squidoo.

So far, her most popular lenses are ones about crafts. You can repurpose blue jeans into School Locker Pockets Made from Blue Jeans or make a Lightbulb Santa and Other Lightbulb Ornaments. Her number one lens in popularity is Crafts from Rags or Yarn.

Some of her topics are based on her many years of experience, like Gift Giving on a Social Security Budget or Fall Prevention for the Elderly . She enjoys reading the comments on her Squidoo lenses. So far, traffic has been light, but that’s to be expected at first when you aren’t boosting them with social media.

Here’s a photo of Mom from April 2012.

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